Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wild Wilderness Women

Last night I returned from my second vacation this month. This one was a Wild Wilderness Women excursion. That's a tongue-in-cheek name, because our "wilderness" was quite luxurious... not much "roughing it" involved.

I took six quilting/knitting/crafting friends to a cabin owned by one of my relatives. It's not a cabin in the usual sense of the word. It is a lovely home on a beautiful lake, surrounded by the beautiful north woods. I believe you have seen its level of rustic-ness in previous photos.

We sewed and read and ate and talked and laughed, swam, did some sight-seeing and shopping, and just had a great old time. It sounds like we crammed a lot into a few days, but we really took it easy and didn't push ourselves to meet any deadlines. After all, we were on vacation in the woods.

my sewing station - not too shabby!

the source of the Mighty Mississippi River

the lodge in a state park where we ate dinner

our table had a great view

large family room in the lodge

We had to have one meal of hot dogs and s'mores!

some of our projects

After this was all done, and we reluctantly turned toward home, I made a stop in my mom's town. We had a reunion lunch with several of us who had lived in the same small town 50 years ago. It was so much fun!! We represented two generations: my mom, her friend E., and their kids' generation which included two sets of sisters: my sister and me, and our friends L. and C. We talked and talked and had a great time. This, too, was cut short too early for our liking, but there were things on the calendar requiring our departure.

I laugh to think of what an elderly bunch we were. I, age 59, was the youngest at the table, and my mom at age 91 was the oldest. It feels like yesterday we were all young and running around back in that small town. Time is such a funny and fluid thing.

I'm home and back to business, back to work, and back to the usual daily grind. These days it isn't much of a grind, though. Life is good, and I feel blessed.

P.S. I did manage to finish one book, so look for my review in Friday Books which I will post this Friday, June 29.


JeannetteLS said...

How could a vacation offer more? I loved the name of the vacation and the way you spent it. Yesterday, on my birthday, my friend from kindergarten on, came to "get me" for the day. We were going to go to an arboretum attached to a women's college in Northampton, MA, but the weather precluded that. So we talked, had lunch out, then spent two hours in my studio. I painted, while she worked on a shadow box project for her husband. We have had vacations together where we sat on our beds, each writing. Silence.

But we felt we'd visited in bliss. It is a wonderful thing to share something at the core artistically as well as historically with other women.

I feel blessed too. Your entry, your photos--it was all wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

AnnieO said...

Getting away from the daily routine with friends and nature sounds so nice, and even better to cap it with visit to your youth :) Me, I live in the town in which I was born, but don't have a lot of friends who sew, so I'm envious of your group! Glad it was a lovely time had by all.

Marei said...

Beautiful setting, wonderful friends, lots of laughter and great activities....THAT is one fantastic vacation! Good for you.

BrendaLou said...

Carol, it's so good to relax, refresh, re-create (and create too!). It is good for our souls, our psyche, our physical well being. I'm envious, but not in a bad way. Glad to hear you all had a lovely time.

Sextant said...

I would love seeing the headwaters of the Mississippi! I became something of a river nut after reading River Horse by William Least Heat Moon.


Anyhow around 1999 my wife and I went on a trip to northern Pennsylvania and one of our goals was to find the headwaters of the Allegheny River and the mythical field that is a triple divide. Supposedly there is a field near Raymond Pennsylvania where if you poured a bucket of water at the highest point the water would run to the headwaters of 3 different rivers: The Allegheny, the Genesee, and the West Branch of the Susquehanna. Those rivers end up in the ocean at vast distances from each other. The Allegheny flows into the Ohio River at Pittsburgh, then the Mississippi at Cairo Ill. to the Gulf of Mexico. The Genesee flows into Lake Ontario at Rochester New York and then into the St Lawrence River and eventually into the Atlantic at Gulf of St Lawrence at Newfoundland. The West Branch of the Susquehanna River flows into the main Susquehanna channel at Northumberland, Pennsylvania and flows into the Chesapeake Bay at Harve De Grace, Maryland and into the Atlantic Ocean at Norfolk Virgina.